Operating Instructions Test | Final Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Anne and Pammy spend the afternoon?

2. What does Anne contemplate continuing until Sam goes to kindergarten?

3. How are the entries in this part best characterized?

4. Who watches Sam while Anne and Pammy are out?

5. What about Sam does Anne constantly worry about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of religion and spirituality in Anne's life. What is the nature of Anne's particular devotion to the Virgin Mary? How does Anne exhibit her beliefs in her everyday life?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role of Sam's father in Anne's life. What angers Anne about his abandonment of her and her unborn child? What dos Anne convince herself of in order to manage through this emotional wound? Why does Anne fight Sam's father's legal motions to deny paternity?

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